Best Book Recommendations for Caregivers
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and over 5 million people are living with the disease in the U.S. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and every six seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s Caregiving Books
Are you providing care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Are you at a loss of where to turn to for help? ElderCare at Home recommends investing in your own personal library of books to use as a caregiving resource and source of inspiration. You can find these publications in bookstores, online or check them out from your local library.
Here is a short list of just a few books focused on Alzheimer’s caregiving, comfort and support, which were published within the past few years.
Dear Clueless: A Daughter’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Written by Sandra Savell. AuthorHouse, 2015, 145 pages.
The author wrote this book after being the primary Alzheimer’s caregiver for her mother from 2002-2010. She saw her maternal grandmother suffer from, and eventually succumb to Alzheimer’s disease in the 1980’s. Sandra offers a wonderful first hand account of what it is like to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers
Written by Clergy Against Alzheimer’s Network. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Program, 2014, 179 pages.
The Clergy Against Alzheimer’s Network is an interfaith network of clergy, laity and faith organizations. They work towards improving the treatment methods and finding cures for dementia and Alzheimer’s. The book is organized into a series of entries containing quotes and inspirational text to help the caregiver be inspired and get through their day.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Written by Amy Newmark and Angela Timashenka Geiger. Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2014, 400 pages.
This book is filled with over 100 useful tips, stories and anecdotes from Alzheimer’s caregivers to help and encourage other caregivers going through a difficult time. It was written in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, who’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Written by Frances H. Kakugawa. Watermark Publishing, 2014, 264 pages.
The author offers advice for being a compassionate and understanding caregiver, through journal entries and poetry, from 12 people who have cared for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The book offers inspirational guidance, insights and help for anyone caring for their wife, husband, mother, father or other family member.
Dementia Activities: Keeping Occupied and Stimulated Can Improve Their Quality of Life
Written by Natalie Johnson. MCJ Publishing, published 2014, 45 pages.
This book helps caregivers find activities to stimulate and engage people with Alzheimer’s. Creative activities can help reduce the depression, stress and anxiety often experienced by people with dementia and improve their quality of life.
ElderCare at Home is committed to serving families throughout the South Florida Community. To learn more on how we can help, please call us at 888-285-0093. Read about the latest Alzheimer’s facts and statistics on the Alzheimer’s Association site.